I’m having a bit of trouble concentrating today. Not an unusual state of affairs, but, today, it’s really bad due to the fact that I’m in the process of incorporating new habits into my life. So I leave you with a review of my already-published novel while I work on the new one. Disclaimer: the review was written by my old co-blogger. As with my own re-posts, it’s slightly edited.
Tale of The Tigers is a story of two college kids who fall in love. It’s about race and racism. It’s a time capsule of the early 90s. It looks at the dynamics of family relationships. It examines sex and sexuality. It reassesses sacred cows of the cult of the politically correct. It makes important statements about friendship, loyalty and trust.
Like her blog writing, Ms. Ochieng’s novel is chock full of subtleties. Her characters could’ve turned into cardboard cut-outs. Instead, the folks that inhabit Tale are flesh and blood people, full of admirable traits and painful weaknesses. The outline of the plot never devolves into a cliché romance. Thankfully, Baldilocks takes the story in unexpected directions. Tale studiously avoids telegraphing its punches, which makes for an exciting read.
Beyond these great things, for me the best part of the book is the fact that the story stays with you long after you’ve finished it. You’ll find yourself replaying sequences from the book in your mind. Moreover, you’ll catch yourself pondering the book’s themes long after you’ve put it down.
In short, Tale of The Tigers is a damn fine piece of work from a writer with a powerful voice.
(Thanks to James Del Rey)
Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.
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